Hiiiii everyone. Jenny here. Not sure if you remember me, since I’ve been the absolute worst at remembering to blog lately, but I missed you all! The last few months have been absolutely nuts, between my book release and getting ready for my upcoming move and…oh yeah. Working on the sequel to A Magic Dark and Bright. Or more accurately, doing everything I can to avoid working on it, because spoiler alert: sequels are HARD.
So here are my top-five favorite ways to not write your sequel. Or, AKA, what I’ve spent the last month doing:
1. Stare at your laptop whenever you boot up Scrivener and open the file for your sequel. Time spent sitting and staring at a blank page is time well-spent. It’s called brainstorming. Gosh.
2. Start writing, but then remember that one thing that MIGHT have happened in Book 1, so you absolutely have to stop what you’re doing and find your paperback version to check to see if it actually happened. Re-read the paperback in its entirety, just to make sure. See that it didn’t. Shake your fist at past self for cutting that scene because it would have really made things easier.
3. PIN ALL THE INSPIRATION IMAGES. Because you need to remember what your characters look like, duh.
4. Decide to rewatch Teen Wolf. Because research. Plus Stiles. STILES.
5. Boot up laptop. Open Scrivener. Stare at blank page. Then…
5(b). Take a deep breath and give yourself permission to write an ugly first draft. You spent months making Book 1 beautiful–a beautiful Book 2 isn’t going to happen overnight.
You know these characters. You know this story.
You’ve done it before. You can do it again.
You’ve got this.